Saturday, December 24, 2011

When Trouble Comes

The most important part of our Christian walk is not going to church or listening to messages...yes that's important...but the most important part is when we make a decision on what to do with what God has spoken...it's the application.
James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Notice that James doesn't say "if trouble comes" - it's "WHEN" trouble comes, we are to count it all joy. Our lives are filled with seasons of good, great, and trouble. Stop living like everything is wonderful all of the time...God doesn't want us to be unaware and unprepared.

 
When trouble finds me...I'm usually the first to doubt, fear, panic and worry. Those who know me are all nodding their heads emphatically right now...so I know firsthand that when trouble comes, joy is typically the last thing on my mental to-do list. The thing to do is to see the trouble for what it is and overcome it.
Luke 12:22-26 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
Not everything in our lives will be perfect...so don't fret...count everything as joy because it's part of God's plan for your life. Worry doesn't do anything to help you(preaching to myself right now). Have you ever worried so much about a situation that the situation just corrected itself just because you were worried? Um...no. Worry doesn't fix anything...it declares your lack of trust and faith in your Creator. Worry will wreck your life. When trouble comes...the devil wants us confused and worried.

Why should I count it all joy when things go wrong? When my relationships fail, when I fail my classes, when work sucks...? We should count it all joy because we are called to live above the standards of this world. Everyone expects us to fall apart and to worry...but if we are living above the standards the world expects of us...our lives become a witness.

Troubles and problems are evidence of God's plan and future for you - not a sign that he has forgotten about you. If we aren't tested then we won't develop character.
Psalm 105:17-21(KJV) He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance.
The painful moments that hurt the most are the moments that God uses to grow your character. Until the time the word of God came to pass, that same word tested Joseph. He was given a promise from God but he didn't have the character - he wasn't ready. He needed the character so that when he got to the palace, he could stay there.

Our desires are minuscule in comparison to God's plan and purpose for us...his ways are higher. Until you become the person you were created to be, you will be tested. Trouble is preparation for your destiny. If you don't make the best use of the trials, you will never develop the character.

Take a moment and shift perspectives. Instead of complaining, worrying, and being afraid...count it all joy. Keep your eye on His promise and remember that the greater the calling, the greater the reward, the greater the promise...the greater the prize. The more trouble you have, the greater your calling is...and take joy in the fact that God will never allow more than you can handle. In all circumstances, he sees you as strong enough.

Joseph could have said, "God, I thought you promised I would be a Ruler...not left to die, abandoned and rejected by my family. This is the polar opposite place from what you called me to be." But he didn't. When trouble comes, you have 2 options. You can give up or you can count it all joy. Your problems prepare you to handle your calling.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Even in our darkest hour...even in the pit...he will never leave or forsake you. In the midst of all the problems and pain...he is still with us. He is the author and the finisher of our faith. He who is faithful to begin a good work is also faithful to see it through to completion. Don't try to carry your burdens on your own. He is there. Think of the most troubling thing in your life and remember that it is all part of God's plan for your life...and count it all joy because God is in control...even when trouble comes.

2 comments:

ablossomingday.com said...

Beautifully written. Thank you for your words of wisdom.

Licthgestalt said...

You`re absollutely right. Thank you